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West Coastway

New, improved timetable from 2 June 2024

Summary of new West Coastway timetable following engagement

Last summer, we invited our Southern customers and stakeholders to share their views on proposed changes to our West Coastway timetable, all designed to:

  • Make regional journeys more attractive with better journey times and frequencies.
  • Increase capacity to provide extra space for customers where it is needed most.
  • Provide more evenly spaced departure times to make services more convenient to use.
  • Improve reliability across the route.

We would like to thank everyone who took the time to review our proposals and shared their thoughts with us.

We have listened to the valuable feedback we received and considered every suggestion carefully. Where possible, we have revised our original proposals to better serve our customers’ needs.

Following your feedback, we are pleased to share our new and improved timetable, all designed to help attract customers to use the railway.

Summary of key changes

From June this year, West Coastway customers will benefit from:

  • Faster regional journeys, such as between Brighton, Chichester and Southampton, or for connections into the West of England – designed to be quicker and easier to use than local roads.
  • New half hourly services between Brighton and Southampton.
  • New half hourly services between London, Gatwick and Portsmouth Harbour, improving connections to local ferries and destinations.
  • Retained hourly services between Brighton and Portsmouth following public engagement.
  • Double the space and frequency on the busy route between Brighton and Worthing, with trains increasing from two to four per hour all day.
  • Improved service reliability through more robust turnaround times at destinations, reducing the likelihood that customers will be affected by delays earlier in the day.
  • More even departure times, where trains depart at the same times each hour and at more even intervals - making journeys easier to plan and use for customers

Download our engagement summary document where you can read through the full details on the new timetable, the outcome of the engagement process and an explanation of changes we were - and were not - able to make following customer and stakeholder feedback. We also have a document designed for screen readers available for download.

Download the West Coastway Engagement Summary (pdf)

Download the West Coastway Engagement Summary (word)

The new services and calling patterns are also summarised in the route map.

Download the route map (pdf)

We are confident that the new timetable will support us to provide a better service for customers on the route and help to attract more people to use the railway.

We look forward to welcoming you on our new and improved services from June.

Further information

Why are changes to the West Coastway timetable needed?

The current West Coastway timetable has not kept up with the changes in demand over the past few years, with some services being very busy and others that are more lightly used.

From discussions with local stakeholders, we are aware that there were concerns about local roads, especially for longer journeys, and we saw an opportunity to shift more of this traffic to rail.

In addition, the way the current timetable is structured, with very little ‘turnaround’ time for our trains at the end of important commuter and leisure services, for example between London Victoria and Southampton, was having a negative impact on reliability across the route.

We also know how important reliability and convenient departure times are for our customers and to support their choice to travel by train.

With our partners at Network Rail, South Western Railway, Great Western Railway and across the wider rail industry, we saw an opportunity to build better regional services at regular intervals between trains, to help attract customers to use the railway

What are the key changes?

From June this year, West Coastway customers will benefit from:

  • Faster regional journeys, such as between Brighton, Chichester and Southampton, or for connections into the West of England – designed to be quicker and easier to use than local roads.
  • New half hourly services between Brighton and Southampton.
  • New half hourly services between London, Gatwick and Portsmouth Harbour, improving connections to local ferries and destinations.
  • Retained hourly services between Brighton and Portsmouth following public engagement.
  • Double the space and frequency on the busy route between Brighton and Worthing, with trains increasing from two to four per hour all day.
  • Improved service reliability through more robust turnaround times at destinations, reducing the likelihood that customers will be affected by delays earlier in the day.
  • More even departure times, where trains depart at the same times each hour and at more even intervals - making journeys easier to plan and use for customers

Full details on all the proposed changes can be found in the engagement summary document.

The new services and calling patterns are summarised in the route map.

When will these changes be introduced?

The new national timetable, which contains these changes, will be introduced on Sunday 2 June 2024.

The changes will be introduced to Southern services running Monday to Saturday on our West Coastway route between Brighton and Southampton and London via Horsham. There are no changes to services on Sundays.

What will the new train times be?

You can view the new timetable and train times in Journey Planners from 11 March.